Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wide flat limb, as of a seal, whale, or other aquatic mammal, adapted for swimming.
  • n. A rubber covering for the foot having a flat flexible portion that widens as it extends forward from the toes, used in swimming and diving. Also called fin1.
  • n. A flat lever in a pinball machine, used to hit the ball so it stays in play.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. in marine mammals such as whales, a wide flat limb, adapted for swimming
  • n. a flat, wide, paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
  • n. a flat lever in a pinball machine, used to keep the ball in play
  • n. A type of ball bowled by a leg spin bowler, which spins backwards and skids off the pitch with a low bounce
  • n. television remote control, clicker
  • n. The hand.
  • n. A kind of false tooth, usually temporary.
  • v. To lift one or both flipper out of the water and slap the surface of the water

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A broad flat limb used for swimming, as those of seals, sea turtles, whales, etc.
  • n. The hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A limb used to swim with.
  • n. The hand: as, give us your flipper.
  • n. Part of a scene, hinged and painted on both sides, used in trick changes.
  • n. A flapjack; a kind of griddle-cake.
  • n. In a sawmill, a steam-operated device for flipping, upsetting, or throwing over a log, cant, or piece of timber from a set of live rolls to other rolls, or for throwing a log out of the log-slide to the log-deck preparatory to rolling it down the sloping deck to the log-loader.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shoe for swimming; the paddle-like front is an aid in swimming (especially underwater)
  • n. the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for swimming

Etymologies

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  • Cricket jargon - a kind of delivery that is bowled or flipped from the front of the hand so as to make the spin of the ball square on to the pitch. On a hard pitch the ball will skid and confuse the batsman. Not a dolphin.

    November 30, 2007